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21/01/20 9788 All - Warning after pubs report receiving counterfeit £50 notes.
Landlords and cashiers are being advised to be aware following several reports of counterfeit £50 notes being used in South Gloucestershire. We have been contacted by four pubs in recent days after customers tried to pay for drinks with counterfeit notes, but we believe several more have been targeted.

Sergeant Ruth Gawler said: “This appears to be part of a crime series within South Gloucestershire with forged £50 notes being handed over to staff. The notes appear to be genuine under ultraviolet light but we have seen several of them use the same serial number and other features of the note are faked. We would ask all landlords to be wary across the force area – not just South Gloucestershire – and to contact us on 101 if they are offered any counterfeit notes.”

The Bank of England provides security advice for businesses and information about what to do if they have fallen victim to counterfeit notes. If you suspect that you have a counterfeit banknote, please take it to your nearest police station.
If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5220011605. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A new polymer £20 note is due to be released on 20 February. In case criminals use this opportunity to defraud people, it’s worth checking the security measures on the new note. Go to <https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/polymer-20-pound-note> for some helpful advice.


17/01/20 9788 North Somerset Press Release: Appeal to reunite owners with their electric power tools.

We need your help following a series of burglaries in the North Somerset area. We have recovered a large number of electrical tools from a garage in Weston-super-Mare, which we are trying to reunite with their owners.

The garage is in Severn Road and it is believed that the items could have resulted from mor than one burglary incident.
There have been a series of van break-ins in the North Somerset area over the past 12 months, where electrical power tools have been targeted.

The tools include: a Stihl chainsaw; a Kennedy professional retool tool box, a Makita holdall; angle grinder; a Makita cordless screwdriver; Makita circular saw; a JD Sports bag containing various items; a Stihl disc cutter; a Makita nail gun; a Makita jigsaw; a Makita disc sander; Paslode nail guns, plus other items.

We’re keen to hear from anyone who has had tools taken similar to those above. Please contact us on 101 quoting reference 5219287205

15/01/20 9788 AN006 Burglary Commercial Premises.

A commercial premises has been broken into in School Road, Wrington on the 13th between 12:10am & 12:30am. The offenders broke a side window to gain access and once inside have stolen a number of Snap-On tools from a secure box. After making their exit it is thought they then left in a silver Ford Focus. The owner heard a noise at approximately 12:10am and the alarm sounded shortly after, 3 offenders were observed running from the side of the building towards School road.

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220009035 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.

15/01/20 Somerset Press Release: Two duped out of £15,000 in telephone fraud incidents.

We are warning people to be on their guard against a telephone scam, which involves a fraudster claiming to be an official from Amazon. The bogus official called the victims on their landline and said they were from Amazon and querying either an issue with a payment or a problem with the victim’s Prime membership.

We are aware of three incidents in the Avon and Somerset force area – two of the victims have lost a combined total of almost £15,000. During the call a pre-recorded message invites the victim to press 1 on their phone to link to an operator. A long conversation follows in which the victim is asked to re-connect to the caller via a computer or mobile device and then allow Amazon to link to their account. While they continue to talk to the victim, they ask them to log on to their online banking via the remote device to check whether a refund has been made to their bank.

The caller talks to the victim, distracting them from looking at their device, while money is quickly transferred from their bank, or even an application for a loan made while the banking session is open.

Amazon will never call and ask for personal information, including bank PiN numbers and passwords. Any attempts for permission to remotely access your computer or phone should be a red flag warning. If you are suspicious or uncomfortable about the call, finish it immediately and call the company who claimed to call you, using their official number and try to use a different phone to ensure the telephone line has not been held by the scammer. If any link to your device has been added by the scammer – such as TeamViewer – have it professionally removed and keep the device disconnected from the internet.

General advice….

Neither the police nor the banks will ask you for banking details or PiN numbers on the phone. Similarly, they would never send a so-called ‘courier’ to collect bank cards or money. Our message is – don’t discuss your finances with anyone who calls you out of the blue, even if they claim to be a police officer or a representative from a bank fraud department or even a well-known company.

Genuine callers will be happy for you to make an appointment to visit them at a bank branch or police station or for you to call them independently to verify that they have been trying to contact you. The police and banks will never ask you to withdraw cash on their behalf; arrange for cash to be collected by a courier; ask for details about your bank card; or ask for the PiN on your card.

If you know someone who may be vulnerable to this type of offence, please speak to them and share our crime prevention tips and remind them of the threat from telephone fraudsters. We would also appeal to taxi drivers, who are asked to collect parcels or take people to banks to withdraw large sums of cash – especially the elderly – to be vigilant and contact us if they are suspicious.

13/01/20 9788 AN006 Burglary Garage.

A garage in Bramley Drive, Backwell has been the subject of an attempted burglary on the 12th between 1:16am & 2:40am. The owner of the garage has reported that the alarm sounded and the offender has left the scene. It is believed that the offender has re attended but has again been unsuccessful. They were believed to be a male wearing Jeans and a Jumper.

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220008508 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.

Weston Super Mare Man Appears in Court charged with attempted robbery at Amors in Wrington
The Western Daily Press reported he was charged with possession of an imitation firearm, he did not enter a plea, but did admit a charge of destroying, damaging or smashing property of a value unknown at the hearing. He was remanded in custody, and the case was adjourned for him to appear before Bristol Crown Court on 3rd February

 10/12/19 9788, Police call on public to sign up for free counter terrorism  

An award-winning counter terrorism training course is being made available to the public for the first time and Avon and Somerset Police want you to sign up and help protect the UK.

Devised by CT officers and security experts, the ACT Awareness eLearning package was previously only available to staff working in crowded places like shopping centres and entertainment venues.

Now Counter Terrorism Policing has decided to open up the training to anyone who wants to become a CT Citizen so they can learn how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and understand what to do in the event of a major incident.

The programme was originally devised in partnership with retail giant Marks and Spencer – and participants needed to be signed up by their employers. Today the online learning is available free of charge to anyone who wants to take part.
The decision to offer the training to the public was not made in response to the recent attack in London. However, the tragic events which took place just 10 days ago, when two people lost their lives to terrorism, were a stark reminder of the ongoing threat and the need for vigilance.

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Cullen said: “ACT Awareness eLearning is especially useful for anyone working in or regularly visiting crowded places. “Developed alongside industry experts more than one and a half million modules have already been completed. “The course has been so popular, with nine out of 10 users saying they would recommend it, we want to open it up to as many people as possible.

“The threat level remains at Substantial – meaning an attack is likely – so giving everyone the chance to be extra eyes and ears for police and local security teams help to keep all communities across the Avon and Somerset area safe. “The festive period is obviously a very busy one – so this is a good time to join up and become a CT Citizen.”

ACT Awareness is made up of seven modules that take a few minutes each to complete. You can pause and re-join at any time. In total it takes just 45 minutes – so less than an hour of your time could help to prevent an attack or help save lives if one was to happen.

The course is hosted by online training specialists Highfield. To register and start learning, click here



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